Update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.0.4 ICS with XXBLK4 Official Firmware [How to Install Manually]
Update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.0.4 ICS with XXBLK4 Official Firmware

Samsung has released another Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) firmware update for Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000, just days after its Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean XXCLL3 official firmware release. The latest ICS update is based on XXBLK4 official firmware released for Kazakhstan via Samsung KIES. However, users outside this region can now manually download and install the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware using this guide.

The Android 4.0.4 ICS XXBLK4 official firmware was earlier released in Germany via KIES by Samsung. The official firmware can now be manually installed using ODIN. Be advised that all your installed apps and settings may be erased during the firmware installation process, so data back-up is a must.

Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS Firmware Details

Version: 4.0.4
Date: 2012-12-06
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom


The instructions provided in this guide are meant for reference purposes only. IBTimes UK will not be held responsible if you damage or brick your device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Key Points to Note

  • Installed custom ROMs such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP will be lost after installing the official firmware. In other words, the official stock ROM will replace any existing custom ROM.
  • Access to custom recovery such as ClockworkMod or TWRP Recovery will be lost after installing the XXBLK4 official firmware.
  • You will no longer have root access to the tablet after installing the Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware on it. You need to root the device again to regain full system access (SuperUser access) and be able to install root-based third-party apps on it.
  • As the firmware is an official release by Samsung, it will not void the warranty on your device or increase its binary flash-counter.


  • XXBLK4 official firmware and the instructions provided in this guide are only applicable to the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 model and will not work on any other device. Verify your device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
  • IBTimes UK advises users to back up apps, important data and settings to avoid data loss while flashing the Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS firmware on the Galaxy Note.
  • Verify that the correct USB drivers are installed for Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 on your computer (Download USB Driver)
  • Make sure that the tablet has at least 80 percent battery power to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode on the tablet by navigating to Settings > Applications > Development


Download Android 4.0.4 N8000XXBLK4 for Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000

Download Odin 3.07

How to Update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.0.4 ICS with XXBLK4 Official Firmware

1. Extract the ROM zip file that you downloaded to a folder on your tablet. You will see a .tar file and some other files in the folder.

2. Extract the Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.

3. Switch off your tablet and wait for the vibration (about 5 to 6 seconds) to confirm complete device shutdown.

4. Boot the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 tablet in Download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power button until Samsung Galaxy logo appears on screen. Wait for a few seconds and the device will enter Download mode.

5. Launch Odin3 v3.07.exe (see Step 2) as an Administrator, because Admin privileges are required to authorise the process.

6. Connect your Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to the computer with the original USB cable. On successful connection, a message reading "Added!!" appears in Odin's message box at the bottom left. If you fail to get the message, then try another USB port (rear USB port at the back of your computer). If all else fails then reinstall the USB drivers. If you get the "Added!!" message in Odin then you are set to begin next step. You will see the COM port turn yellow with the corresponding number if you successfully added your device.

7. Choose the following files in Odin with respective command buttons:

  • Click the PDA Button, and choose the .tar file named 'code'
  • Tap the Phone Button, and choose the file named 'modem' (ignore if there is no such file)
  • Hit the CSC Button, and choose the file named 'CSC' (ignore if such file is missing)
  • Press the PIT Button, and choose the .pit file. Use the file if you got it while extracting via step 1, otherwise ignore it.

8. In Odin, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options by selecting checkboxes. Also, ensure that Re-Partition checkbox is selected, only if you used a .pit file (check previous step).

9. Verify if Step 7 & Step 8 are done correctly. Then hit the START button to begin the flashing process.

10. Once the firmware is successfully flashed, the tablet will reboot automatically and soon a PASS message with green background appears on the screen (in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin). Disconnect the tablet by unplugging the USB cable from computer.

Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 is now running on Android 4.0.4 ICS build N8000XXBLK4. Go to Settings > About Tablet to verify firmware version installed.

NOTE: If the tablet gets stuck while booting animation after step 10 or fails to respond, then boot into Recovery mode (press and hold Volume Up and Power together). Perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and hit Reboot System Now. Use Volume keys to navigate and Power key to select an option in Recovery.

Check out our step-by-step guide to Root Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 on Official Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS Firmware with CF-Auto-Root.

[Source: Android Jinn]